After a cold foggy morning, the sun finally came out just in time for our lunch time ride. Ride temperatures started out in the low 40’s. I had my warm riding gear from my commute this morning, but a couple of the riders were caught off guard…shorts, short sleeve jerseys, short finger gloves. Brrr!
We got to the water tower climb in Ash Canyon, and the air temperature seemed to climb rapidly. Sometimes we get an inversion in the valley where all the cold air sinks to the valley floor, and I suspect this was happening today.
After some chatter at the top of the hill, we began our descent. Partway down, this dismembered deer leg was once again laying across the trail. This thing has been hanging around for at least a couple weeks now, and keeps showing up at various locations. None of us had time to see what it was, and had to wheelie over it, or swerve around it. All of us were successful except for Sandie. She didn’t show up immediately at the next check point, but when she did, she told us of her gruesome encounter.
Apparently her rear tire kicked the amputated ungulate appendage up into the air where it proceed to kick her in the butt! And to add insult to injury, the leg became lodged between Sandie’s rear tire and frame, causing her to have to stop and remove it manually. Yuck! From what I hear, the leg is now in two pieces…
I laughed as I finished the hill, but the humor stopped as I discovered a rear flat tire…a thorn I had picked up on my morning commute. The gang waited for me as I did my blazingly fast 8 minute tube swap. I got my tire up to a flaccid 25 psi or so with the mini pump, and headed back to work.
One more lunch ride this week, and then it’s time for the Holidays!